September 20, 2014 - January 4, 2015
One of the leading artists of her generation, Lorna Simpson came to prominence in the mid-1980s through large-scale photographic and textual works that confronted and challenged conventional attitudes toward race, gender, history, culture, and memory. Spanning more than 30 years of Simpson’s practice, this comprehensive retrospective traces the artist’s concerns and themes from her earliest documentary photographs to her most recent works. The exhibition, curated by noted scholar Joan Simon, includes the artist’s signature large-scale works incorporating image and text that first brought her to critical attention, large multi-panel photographs printed on felt that she created in the mid-1990s, and a wide range of films and videos, as well as recent works inspired by Simpson’s collecting of found photographs including Chess, 2013, a three-channel video installation that makes its American debut at the Addison.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring essays by Joan Simon as well as Marta Gili, Director of the Jeu de Paume, Naomi Beckwith, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Thomas J. Lax, exhibition coordinator and program associate at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Elvan Zabunyan, historian of contemporary art and lecturer at the University of Rennes 2.
This exhibition has been co-organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis, and the Jeu de Paume, Paris, in association with the Haus der Kunst, Munich, and in collaboration with the Addison Gallery of American Art for this venue.
Gnerous support for the Addison's presentation of this exhibition has been provided by the Winton Family Exhibition Fund and The Mark Rudkin Fund.